Real Madrid will step on the turf of Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday against English champions Manchester City after a disastrous week in La Liga, Zinedine Zidane would be keen on bringing the things back on track for the Los Blancos.
Due to dropped points in the past two league games, Zidane’s men have fallen 2 points behind Barcelona on the points table. A victory at home can be decisive for their campaign in Europe as well as domestically.
On the other hand, the coming two fixtures could be the last one for Manchester City in the next couple of years. They have been banned by UEFA for violating the Financial Fair Play Rules. Pep Guardiola is now more dedicated to clinching the European title than ever. Talking about their recent games, the sky blues have been in fine form after their loss against Tottenham two weeks ago.
The mouth-watering clash between these two European heavyweights has been the most awaited game since the announcement of the round of 16 fixtures. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Eden Hazard has been ruled out for around two months due to a fracture in his ankle. He suffered a blow during their game against Levante. Marco Asensio has been on the side-lines since the starting of the season. Although he has been registered by Real Madrid in the Champions League, he will miss this fixture.
As far as the citizens are concerned, Leroy Sane is set to miss this crucial tie as he is battling to make a return. Moreover, Raheem Sterling is also expected to be ruled out.
Head to Head Stats
Out of the 5 games between the two sides, Real Madrid have won 2. Whereas Manchester City have emerged victorious in one. The rest of the two games have ended up as draws.
Zinedine Zidane has always relied on the Spanish magician Isco during big games to control the game. For the Los Blancos, he would certainly be the player to watch out for.
For Pep Guardiola, the Portuguese star Bernardo Silva will be a key figure in the attack. The sky blues will be keen on getting away goals at the Bernabeu. His presence alongside Aguero and Mahrez will certainly be a trouble for the Zidane’s team.
Considering the recent form of the two sides and the absence of Eden Hazard, Manchester City are expected to win this game by a scoreline of 2-0.
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